Sculpture | Figures & Portraits
I work primarily with the human form because of its limitless possibilities to hold and express feeling, emotion and gesture. It’s such a deep well of inspiration. At the end of the day it’s us, our being, our fears, our dreams, our experiences, and our future.
I prefer to work from life, but also rely on photographs, paintings, and literature as reference material. I frequently sketch in clay for the opportunity to deeply study my subject and the freedom to experiment. Sometimes a sketch so effectively captures a moment or conveys a message that it becomes a “finished” piece.
Over the past two years I’ve completed a series of portraits from my imagination inspired and informed by classic books. The portrait of Vincent van Gogh was guided by his letters with his brother Theo as well as his own self portraits. Father Sergius is the title character in Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name written between 1890-1898. Shelley’s Creation is a portrait of the protagonist in Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 ghost story Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
When working on a figure or portrait I always feel grounded by the tradition and work of centuries of artists before me; this link is part of the gift of being an artist.